What you should never do when you quit your job

When you leave your job, whether your employer fires you or you decide to quit, your anger can control your mood. As tempting as it may be, this isn’t exactly the time for revenge. Although you will definitely feel good at that moment, in the long run it can seriously damage your reputation and have unpleasant consequences for you in the future.

Here are 5 things you should never do when you leave your job:

1. Don’t tell your supervisor or co-workers what you really think of them

We’re not going to lie to each other, it’s a very seductive feeling, finally being able to tell your superior or unwilling colleagues what you really think about them. However, don’t do that! It’s not just about being a better person – even if that’s definitely reason to think – but there’s also a more practical reason to refrain from rushing your thoughts. You never know who will re-emerge in your career in the future. What if some time passed and your boss, for example, joined the company you currently work for? The world is small and in the professional industry this is doubly true.

2. Do not damage the company’s property

Your anger at an employer who mistreated you and fired you is understandable. You may want to do something to calm him down. But vandalism and theft are illegal. Instead of embarking on a fruitful search for a new job, you could end up fighting prosecution.

3. You know your successor. Don’t complain about your boss or your colleagues

Warning your successors and pointing out the mistakes of your boss or colleagues is not a good idea to win sympathy. Complaining about their behavior will still sound like a huge case of sour grapes to someone who doesn’t know them. Your successor will certainly have his own opinion after taking office.

4. Don’t complain to your boss to a potential new employer

No doubt your former employer’s topic will come into play during a job interview. The interviewer may ask why you left the job. Telling the truth may seem like the right thing to do, but it’s best to provide a more neutral explanation that doesn’t denigrate your boss (even if he deserves it).

5. Don’t complain on social networks

Before sharing your statement and complaining to a boss or colleague on social networks, think carefully about its wording. Think about who is related to the person you’re criticizing. Your friends can have friends on Facebook or Instagram who know your boss and are very happy to bring your complaint to you.

6. Be sure to ask for recommendations

Asking your boss for a reference when you leave work can seem strange. However, since your previous position will be listed on your resume, the lack of this reference may seem suspicious. Of course, if your boss fires you for a serious crime, that’s debatable.

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